DESIGNING A HEALTHY DIET FOR THE NEW YEAR

Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The majority of these resolutions focus on diet in attempts to lose weight and be healthier. A new year is the perfect time to jumpstart a healthy diet to make the changes you want to see for yourself throughout the year. However, research shows 80 percent of resolutions fail by February. Many people strive for unrealistic goals, which ultimately set them up for failure.

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EXERCISE HAS BENEFICIAL EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

While exercise has long been known for its positive effects on physical health and its ability to heighten energy and help manage chronic health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, exercise is now being lauded for its beneficial effects on the brain.   These benefits touch almost every aspect of life. Exercise helps sharpen short-term memory and improve long-term memory. This happens because exercise can reduce insulin resistance and inflammation and stimulate….

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GETTING STARTED AND STICKING WITH IT

As we kick off 2018, you may be thinking about resolutions pertaining to your health and fitness. It’s easy to determine some ways to improve your physical, mental and emotional well-being. However, it’s not always as simple to stay motivated and make the new commitments part of your lifestyle. Now is the perfect time to set goals, whether it be for the number of days you intend to work out each week, how many steps you want to take each day or healthy meals you want to prepare for your family.

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so he or she is licensed to practice medicine and surgery. Ophthalmologists can also prescribe and fit glasses to correct vision problems, and some are even involved in scientific research related to the causes of and cures for eye diseases and vision disorders. The American Academy of Ophthalmology says there are subspecialty areas within the occupation, such as glaucoma, retina, cornea, pediatrics, neurology and plastic surgery, that require additional in-depth training.


Opticians and ophthalmolo-gists often work together to meet a patient’s eye care and eyewear needs. Whether you choose to schedule an appointment with an optician or an ophthalmologist, it is important to prepare for your eye exam. The eye care professional will probably ask you about your per- sonal and family health history. Be ready to talk about any vision trou- bles you’re having. Diseases that affect your vision are often hard to detect at first, so don’t skip hav- ing regular vision exams. Prevent Blindness America recommends if you are between ages 20 and 39 years and African American, have a complete eye exam every two to four years. If you are between those ages and Caucasian, have a complete eye exam every three to five years. If you are between ages 40 and 64 years, regardless of race, have a complete eye exam every two to four years. Individuals

Both opticians and ophthalmologists play a pivotal role in helping you keep your eyes healthy. If you’re not sure how the specialties differ, you’re not alone. The National Consumers’ League conducted a survey that revealed about 30 percent of consumers nationwide don’t know the difference between the two professions.


An optician is a specialist who fits glasses and makes lenses to correct vision problems, using prescriptions provided by optometrists or ophthalmologists. Opticians cannot test vision or write prescriptions on their own. The Opticians Association of America says opticians can dispense colored and specialty lenses for particular needs, as well as low-vision aids and artificial eyes. The optician can help you select frames and lenses. The job outlook for opticians is good, as the U.S. Department of Labor predicted employment of opticians is expected to grow by 29 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. A growth in the senior population contributes to an increased need for eye care.


An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who has expertise in everything related to eye care, such as diagnosis, management and surgery of ocular diseases and disorders. The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus says an ophthalmologist has completed college and at least eight years of additional medical training,

OPTICIANS AND OPHTHALMOLOGISTS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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Individuals over age 65 years should have a complete eye exam every one to two years. Prevent Blindness America also says people with risks such as diabetes, previous eye trauma, or family history of glaucoma may need more frequent eye exams.


Prevention is always the best medicine. The National Eye Institute recommends taking preventive measures to save your sight. These include wearing protective eyewear and quitting smoking or not starting. Be sure to wear sunglasses when outside. At work, give your eyes a break from the computer every 20 minutes to prevent eye strain and practice workplace eye safety. Clean your contact lenses properly.